For those who’ve been lacking Mr. Dye’s Pies, I’ve received excellent information to share. After shutting down his enterprise for 5 months, proprietor Johnathan Dye is again at it once more, making a few of the most scrumptious pies within the metropolis.
This time, he’s making and promoting his pies at third Road Market Corridor, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.
“The final two years have been difficult, to say the least,” says Dye, noting that – like so many small companies – they misplaced out on farmers market gross sales in addition to a big variety of wholesale accounts through the top of the pandemic.
“To get by, we began making sea moss gel and elderberry syrup to promote,” he says. “We additionally started making deliveries, regardless of not likely having the manpower to take action. Regardless of all of it, we survived.”
However survival turned tougher when – a few 12 months in the past – the proprietor of the constructing which housed Dye’s business kitchen area offered the property. The brand new landlord tripled the lease, forcing Dye to start in search of a brand new business kitchen.
Sadly, earlier than he was in a position to safe a brand new base kitchen, he was evicted from his current business area. So, in August of 2022, he made the robust choice to close down his enterprise whereas he searched for an additional kitchen the place he might resume making pies.
Months handed. The vacation season – which is generally an especially busy time for the pie enterprise – flew previous with not a pie being offered. However Dye stored transferring ahead.
When considered one of his common prospects, Jonathan Newby, reached out and recommended they contemplate transferring into the third Road Market Corridor, Dye determined to test it out. What he discovered, he says, was a perfect state of affairs which not solely provided him the business kitchen he wanted to make pies, but in addition a retail area in a buzzing excessive power meals corridor the place he might promote them to his prospects.
“We spent 11 years making pies and driving them throughout the state,” says Dye. “And right here we’re in an area the place we will lastly have prospects come to us. I’m actually enthusiastic about that.”
Mr. Dye’s Pies might be serving his freshly made pies from the western-most hawker stall within the Market Corridor positioned down the hallway to the fitting of Dairyland Previous Customary Custard & Hamburgers.
Prospects can look forward to finding a rotating collection of pie slices (and half or complete pies) in flavors like candy potato, Pecan Delight, Purple Monster, N’Awlins Pecan, Key Lime, Carver Peanut Butter Pie and Blueberry Hill. (Professional tip: head across the nook for a scoop of Dairyland’s candy cream custard to get pleasure from on high!)
Dye will even be promoting his well-liked banana nut bread, sea moss gel and elderberry syrup. Within the coming weeks, he will even introduce new savory menu objects together with a hearty hen pot pie and a pasty that includes Okinawan purple potatoes. A collection of gluten-free pies will even be obtainable for buy as time strikes on.
“I’ve been grateful for the great power I’ve discovered among the many individuals at Dairyland,” says Dye of his expertise on the Market Corridor to date. “And it’s been nice to work with them. I like being Downtown and I’m pleased to have the ability to preserve my enterprise in Milwaukee.”
Mr. Dyes Pies might be open at third Road Market Corridor Tuesday by way of Thursday from 11 a.m. to eight p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.